Anyone in the village of Lee may have been shocked to see more than thirty police and fire officers at the site of the former Lee Bay Hotel on Tuesday evening. Luckily, the emergency services were only in the area as part of a training exercise designed to test the way the emergency services work together. A large scale incident was simulated at the hotel, with Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service responding. The scenario saw trespassers discovered on the premises, who later lit a simulated fire in part of the building. While the exercises offending parties were detained by police, the fire service utilised their equipment to recover casualties. PC Chris Mannell, neighbourhood beat manager for Ilfracombe said: This exercise has allowed police and fire personnel to work closely together in a realistic training environment, building working relationships and developing a closer understanding of how each other operate. Thankfully in the real world such incidents are few and far between, but it is important that staff from both organisations are prepared to deal together with any similar situation that arises. Devon and Somerset Fires Ilfracombe Watch Manager Bob Hancock said I would like to praise the inter-agency working of both Police and Fire personnel involved in the exercise. It was also a great opportunity for our new Police and Fire Community Support Officer Pete Hyde to put into practice his new skills as a firefighter.